Yoga, Nature and Freedom

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January 15, 2018

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Asana: Good medicine, with a good recipe.

october 29, 2018

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In a private yesterday, a student in back pain asked regarding a standing forward fold, “What is the goal of this pose?” I asked her in response, “What is your goal for this pose?”

Halasana- Poison-swallowing pose, or Plough pose for short, is one of my favorite poses for the stretch along my spine from my lower back to my neck. For me, it’s a rewarding pose, because I can watch my toes move closer and ground more fully on the ground with each breath. When my lower back is in pain for lack of corrective, stabilizing poses or muscular use however, this pose isn’t the right medicine- too much flexion, and the kind which can aggravate an already unstable Sacroiliac joint. Once my body is stable and I’ve practiced the right amount of symmetrical, muscular poses, I ease into Halasana, knowing my core muscles are strong enough to allow my spine to release constructively.

When a pose is executed correctly for the body of the student, it becomes a gift of good medicine for that practitioner. With time the student comes to know and understand the workings of his or her body out of an earnest desire to grow in self-knowledge and capability. The practice of yoga asana builds an awareness of one’s challenges and gifts, so asana becomes a tool to balance strength and flexibility. To apply strength-building poses in an already muscular, tight body is to further push an imbalance of muscular and organic energy. In a muscular body, the application of constructive stretching and lengthening builds balance, so it is good medicine for this type of student.

The yogi comes to know his or her own body to understand such. I think this requires years of study, patience, and focus, and the foundational understanding that “everything in balance” is an art form to perfect.

I strive to build your self-inquiry in such a way that yoga is your practice of self-care, driven by your personal goals and built on your threshold for challenge. I teach to stimulate learning through feeling and identifying your muscles in engagement and extension, and then questioning how to apply these actions within a pose. 

Lokah Samastha sukhino bhavantu

dec 28, 2018

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